State Winner in Ag Education Program

Sycamore has had a long-standing tradition of providing students with a robust agriculture education.

Starting in 1929 the program commenced after the charter of the National FFA Organization.

Since then Sycamore has seen much success in all areas of agriculture education. The program has countless section, district and state winners in proficiency awards as well as numerous winners in Career Development Events (CDEs) at all levels.

Christian Thurwanger and Kara Poynter, Sycamore ag teachers, were selected as the state winner for Most Outstanding Middle/Secondary Program by the National Association of Agricultural Educators.

Sycamore vocational agriculture instructors are members of the National Association of Agricultural Educators (NAAE), an organization that represents agriculture teachers at the national level through professional development, curriculum and advocacy.

Each year one school in each region of NAAE is selected as the most outstanding Middle/Secondary Program. This year Sycamore was honored with being the most outstanding in Illinois as well as the most outstanding in NAAE Region 4. Region 4 is made up of Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri and Ohio. Sycamore will be recognized at the NAAE National Convention in Las Vegas at the beginning of December.